Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver MSL975011A, 'Design and supervise complex environmental field surveys'.
Google Links
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Confirm survey requirements with senior staff

1.1. Confirm the purpose and objectives of the field survey activities with senior management and the level/detail of information required

1.2. Clarify with all stakeholders the purpose and objectives of the field survey activities within the context of the enterprise's overall environmental program

1.3. Identify and accurately interpret all external statutory requirements and enterprise protocols that relate to the defined field survey activities

1.4. Analyse drivers and constraints that may influence field survey activities

1.5. Document the type, quantity and quality of data needed to meet the defined objectives

1.6. Refine and document the detailed objectives of the field activities with senior management and key stakeholders

2. Design field survey activities

2.1. Develop and document details of the field survey methodology and, if appropriate, trial and refine them under field conditions

2.2. Discuss and confirm survey methodology with senior staff and external experts or stakeholders, as appropriate

2.3. Develop work program, including timetable and staff roles and responsibilities for the total field survey and all related activities

2.4. Ensure that work program conforms to enterprise requirements covering risk management, data quality procedures, safety, environmental and emergency requirements

2.5. Document work program, address all administration requirements and obtain appropriate approvals

3. Identify resources and supervise pre-survey checks

3.1. Identify and list all resources required to implement the agreed work program

3.2. Arrange collection and checking of all equipment, field instruments, and supplies required for implementation of the work program

3.3. Supervise calibration of all appropriate field instruments

3.4. Arrange correct packaging and transportation of equipment and instruments

3.5. Ensure that all access, transport, communication and emergency systems have been arranged and are suitable for all field locations and activities

4. Supervise field survey activities

4.1. Supervise all field survey and associated activities

4.2. Monitor equitable duty rosters covering field surveys activities in consultation with all staff

4.3. Ensure that all data quality procedures are followed

4.4. Ensure that all survey work is performed safely and with minimal impact on the environment

5. Supervise close down of field activities

5.1. Arrange for the checking, packaging and transportation of all samples, equipment, and instruments back to base

5.2. Ensure that site is left in accordance with enterprise and environmental requirements

5.3. Monitor dispatch of collected samples for subsequent laboratory analyses

5.4. Ensure before final storage that all equipment and instruments are tested and decontaminated, as necessary

5.5. Ensure all field data is stored appropriately for subsequent analysis

5.6. Report results, any anomalies and recommendations to data analysers, users and/or supervisor

Qualifications and Skillsets

MSL975011A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MSS40211 - Certificate IV in Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS50211 - Diploma of Environmental Monitoring and Technology
  • MSS70211 - Vocational Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management
  • MSL50109 - Diploma of Laboratory Technology
  • MSL40109 - Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • MSL60109 - Advanced Diploma of Laboratory Operations